As many of you are aware, Hap has countless talents, skills and accomplishments under his belt, and thus is known to wear many “hats”. However there is one hat he wears rather proudly above the rest – the one of “Poppa”. And he has a lot to be proud of! Take for instance the recent and very impressive accomplishment of his two children, Chris and Alexa…
Chris, only 14 and 1/2 yrs old, and Alexa, who just turned 13, have been travelling the route to their Temagami home (Cabin Falls) together before they could even crawl – always with the guidance of their father to get them to their backwoods lodging and destination.
However, they undoubtedly impressed their Poppa and Mum just this past week when they spontaneously requested permission to paddle the 30 km route upstream on the Lady Evelyn, and back to the car from the cabin – without guidance.
With a just a 2.5 hr. headstart, they had to portage/line and hump canoe and gear around 15 portages, rapids, chutes and falls… Oh yes….AND stop to pick a litre of blueberries along the way!
Amazingly, Hap and Andrea caught up with them only 5 km short of the end.
As Hap tells it, “the headwind was fierce and they were ‘bone-tired’ but in all – very proud parents and a job well done!”
Yes, a job well done indeed! No wonder “Poppa” is so proud!
Note: Chris is a skilled wilderness canoe tripper and has done independent trips before this, however this is Chris and Alexa’s first “Beat The Parents To The Car” Trip together.